MACON, Ga. – Redshirt junior David Randall did his part on the mound and the Mercer baseball team generated just enough offense to pull out a 2-1 series finale win over Kennesaw State on Sunday afternoon at Claude Smith Field.
With the win, Mercer (14-7, 1-2 A-Sun) avoided its first three-game losing streak since April of 2011 when it was swept in an A-Sun Conference weekend series by Jacksonville.
Randall was dynamite on the mound for the Bears all day long to help salvage the series against the Owls. The Lawrenceville, Ga. native went 5.2 innings and allowed only four hits while striking out six in arguably his best start of the 2012 season.
After both Randall and Kennesaw State starter Kevin Kyle matched zeros on the scoreboard over the first five innings of the game, the Mercer offense finally came to life. RBI singles by redshirt sophomore Nick Backlund and sophomore Derrick Workman staked the Orange and Black to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
That is the way things would stay until the top of the ninth, when the Owls mounted a serious late-game threat. After a fielder's choice brought in a run to make the score 2-1, senior Aaron Dobbs came to the plate with the tying run on first base for Kennesaw State with two outs. Freshman Dimitri Kourtis bore down, however, and got Dobbs looking for strike three to secure the win and his first save of the season.
Junior David Teasley picked up the win, his third of the season, after entering the game in the sixth inning and getting out of a two-out bases loaded jam.
Backlund and Workman had two hits apiece, while junior Evan Boyd reached base all four times he came up to bat from his leadoff position in the line-up.
Mercer is back in action on March 20 when it welcomes Florida A&M to Macon for the first of two mid-week contests. Game time on Tuesday is set for 6 p.m. at Claude Smith Field.